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But commitment to anti-censorship beliefs gets tested when kids come along.
PLUS: Resources, activities for Banned Books Week, Sept. 30 – Oct. 6.
APME panel analyzes widespread official resistance to releasing public records to journalists.
The 1813 flag that Francis Scott Key saw is an awe-inspiring sight at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. — on Flag Day or any day.
FOI Day panelists say trail of electronic records makes it easier for government to pursue leakers.
As books, other data move to digital format, American public may have less access to information, Harvard’s John Palfrey tells National FOI Day audience.
It seems odd that, although most of us claim to respect Old Glory and shudder at the thought of its being desecrated in protest, we don’t always take proper care of our grand old flag.
Two news-industry experts said today they were surprised by the news that the Minnesota News Council had announced it was shutting down after 40 years in operation. They both added, however, that it was remarkable the organization had lasted as long as it did.
Council President Tony Carideo said that fewer complaints by the public and [...]
WASHINGTON — With last August’s Minnesota Interstate 35W bridge collapse still fresh in the public mind, now is the time to get people interested in infrastructure safety, a reporter who covered the aftermath told an audience at FOI Day.
But interest in the subject may not be enough if access to the information is too limited, [...]
WASHINGTON — After 34 years in public service, J. William Leonard said this morning that his remarks on government secrecy would be his most candid, “a sort of ‘Leonard Unplugged.’”
The former Information Security Oversight Office director made good on his pledge, citing several instances of excessive secrecy that he said produced serious consequences, including the [...]
WASHINGTON — Paul K. McMasters, a long-time advocate for the First Amendment and freedom of information, today took home an award named for the author of the First Amendment.
The American Library Association’s James Madison Award is an honor granted to those who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government [...]
WASHINGTON — “There’s no greater time than now” for journalists to be probing classified documents, a Washington Post reporter told an audience this morning at the National Press Club.
Dana Priest, one of the reporters who uncovered the substandard conditions at Walter Reed Army Hospital recently and who has written about secret CIA [...]
WASHINGTON — Paul McMasters may have retired in January from his full-time job as a defender of the First Amendment and the public’s right to government information, but he didn’t retire his passion for his causes.
McMasters, accepting the James Madison Award from the American Library Association, told an audience at the National Press Club today [...]
ARLINGTON, Va. — In reporting government fraud or abuse, whistleblowers often find they have committed career suicide. And, National FOI Day panelists said yesterday, the law that’s supposed to protect whistleblowers from retaliation is sometimes used against them.
“That was depressing” was the reaction from two people leaving the room after the [...]